MWNY User Group Panel Announced

This years MACWORLD Expo in New York City will feature, as part of the MacBeginnings Conference Track, a panel session devoted to Macintosh User Groups. The panel, entitled "User Groups - What They Can Do for You," is just one of many sessions targeted at new Mac users and first time Expo attendees. According to the MUG Center:

The panel for the "User Groups - What They Can Do for You" session on the MacBeginnings Conference Track at Macworld Expo in New York has been announced, and includes several distinguished user group leaders.

MacBeginnings is a series of presentations geared toward the new Macintosh user and first-time Macworld Expo attendees. The sessions include tips, techniques and perspectives on the hottest topics in the Macintosh world.

Macintosh User Groups (MUGs) represent an amazing resource to Mac users of all levels and interests. Over one thousand user groups worldwide offer problem solving, software demonstrations, technical expertise, training, enthusiasm, friendship and fun to the Macintosh community. This session features a diverse team of User Group leaders, and will educate users on what MUGs are all about, what kind of benefits and services are provided, how to find one near you, or how to start your own.

This yearis panel includes:

Amaya Gergoff of The Caracas Macintosh Users Group In addition to being a four-term president of her group, Amaya is a member of Appleis Regional Liaison Team for Latin and South America, and webmaster of, a user group information site for Spanish-speaking countries. She also hosts the monthly LatinMUG chat, conducted in Spanish, on World Without Borders.

Elsa Travisano of MUG ONE of Oneonta, New York Elsa currently serves as Vice President, Webmaster, and Editor of MUG ONEis award-winning newsletter, Newsbreak, and has been involved in the management of her group for over fifteen years, including two tenures as president, and Librarian for many years. She is a Macintosh consultant and instructor who has taught teacher workshops, classes for children and adults, and a college course in the Mac.

William T. Medlow of Long Island Macintosh Users Group Bill is the President of LIMac (Long Island Macintosh Users Group) and also serves as Chairman of the Multimedia SIG. LIMac is the host group for the North East Macintosh User Group Booth, #1843, at Macworld Expo, and has served Long Island Macintosh enthusiasts for seventeen years. Billis totally electronic architectural office includes his personal Macintosh running MacOS X and ArchCad, a carbonized CAD program.

Lynn Poos of Silicon Mountain Macintosh User Group Lynn is Secretary/Treasurer of the Silicon Mountain Macintosh User Group in Colorado Springs, CO, the largest active MUG in the state. Lynn retired after thirty four years with the Los Angeles County Sheriffis Department, and has been involved with the Macintosh since the late 1980is. Earlier this year Lynn joined Appleis Regional Liaison Team, representing the south central United States.

The session will be hosted by Chuck Joiner of The Hershey Apple Core of Hershey PA. Chuck is involved in a wide variety of MUG activities. He has been President of his group since 1992 and serves as Chairman of Appleis User Group Advisory Board. He appears monthly on The Mac Showis User Group Focus, is co-host of The User Group Report, and Editor of The MUG Center. Professionally, Chuck is Vice President of Claims and Operations for The Insurance Alliance of Central PA.

"User Groups - What They Can Do for You" will be presented on Friday, July 20 at 12 PM in the MacBeginnings Theater, Booth #1360. The session is open to all Macworld Expo attendees.

You can find more information on all of the Macintosh User Group news at the MUG Center Web site.